Chutes & Ladders—Reproductive health provider Wisp names first female CEO

Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry. Please submit the good news—or the bad—from your shop, and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


Michael Charlton
Michael Charlton (LinkedIn)

AtlantiCare health system has appointed Michael Charlton as president and CEO after an extensive search by the board of directors.

Charlton will be responsible for the system’s development and strategic growth, leading a team of 6,500 individuals in five southeastern New Jersey counties. He served on AtlantiCare’s board of directors for 14 years, with six years as board chair from 2017 to early 2023.

He spent more than 30 years as president and CEO of Icon Hospitality, currently serving as chairman of the board. In 1992, he bought a New Jersey pizzeria and grew business by 900% before expanding into other regional real estate ventures, according to Icon Hospitality’s website.


Maven Clinic has appointed Kristina Campbell as CFO. She joins Maven from Ripple, a global enterprise solutions provider that uses blockchain and cryptocurrency to enable payments.

Kristina Campbell
Kristina Campbell (LinkedIn)

Prior to working at Ripple she was the CFO at PayNearMe, a billing and payments platform, and worked at Green Dot Corporation, Bain & Company and Smith Barney/Citigroup.

She currently is a board member and secretary for 1,000 Dreams Fund, a national nonprofit that provides micro-grants and mentorship program to early-career women. She is also a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Monica Cepak
Monica Cepak (LinkedIn)

Sexual and reproductive health provider Wisp has appointed Chief Marketing Officer Monica Cepak as interim CEO, the first woman in the company’s history to hold the position.

Under her leadership, Wisp has become one of the few profitable digital health companies, according to a news release. She will manage day-to-day operations of Wisp, working to expand the company’s customer base with plans to launch 10 new products.

Prior to joining Wisp, she served in marketing roles at Allara, SImpleHealth, Artsy, Lyft, Verizon Media, Edelman and Mercedes-Benz USA for nearly 20 years.

> Walgreens Chief Information Officer Hsiao Wang has left the company, according to reports. She is the third executive to leave the company in recent months, joining CEO Rosalind Brewer and CFO James Kehoe.

> Atlas Health, a health systems partner connecting philanthropic aid programs to advance health equity efforts for vulnerable populations, has five new faces on its executive leadership team. Jeff Ulanet will serve CFO and chief technology officer, Ann Quinlan will serve as COO, Justin Nguyen will serve as chief product officer, Rick Ford will serve as chief program officer and Narinder Singh will serve as vice president of engineering.

> Kaiser Permanente, a nonprofit health plan serving nearly 13 million people in eight states and Washington D.C., has appointed John Bry as new CFO.

> Sutter Health, a nonprofit healthcare network in Northern California, has welcomed Megan Gillespie as CEO and Anup Singh, M.D., as chief medical executive at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital.

> Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, South Dakota, has named Shantel Krebs as president and CEO.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, a research funding agency supporting biomedical and health breakthroughs, has announced Andrea Bild as program manager.

> Regence BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association providing healthcare solutions in Washington, has named Bryan Marsh as director of account management for large employer groups.

The Association of Community Affiliated Plans, which represents 80 health plans covering more than 25 million people, has elected Patrick Curran, Emma DeVito, Sylvia Kelly and Doug Wirth to its board of directors.

> America’s Essential Hospitals, an association of hospitals dedicated to equitable care, has welcomed Brianna Battle as its newest legislative affairs manager.

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a nonprofit health plan headquartered in Boston, has tapped former UnitedHealth Group CFO Ruby Kam as CFO.

> Relatient, a patient scheduling platform, has launched its inaugural Customer Advisory Board. Its 10 members are: Laura Dalton, Steve Davis, Michael Gambuto, Jeff Goldberg, Kimble Jenkins, David Little, Jeff McPherson, Erika Noll, Jalal Shawwa and Andrew Wade.

> Nuvance Health, a health system in Connecticut and New York, has selected Jeffrey Joyce as vice president for research and innovation.

> Memorial Healthcare System in South Florida has named Phil Wright as CEO at Memorial Regional Hospital South, a renowned rehabilitation hospital in the country.

> Insulet, developer of Omnipods, a tubeless insulin pump technology, has appointed Group Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller Lauren Budden as interim CFO and treasurer. She succeeds Wayde McMillian, who is leaving the company to join 3M as CFO of its healthcare business, which will be spun off into an independent company.

> Baxter International, a medical equipment manufacturer of products used across patient homes and hospitals, has hired Joel Grade as CFO.

> Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, a national federation of 34 community-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, has selected Razia Hashmi, M.D., as vice president of clinical affairs.

> Laudio, an AI-based operations solution startup for healthcare managers, has hired Emma Smith as the company’s first chief marketing officer.

> Cano Health, a value-based primary care company, has tapped Vice President of Medicare Advantage Finance Eladio Gil as interim CFO.

> Silver Hill Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Connecticut, has named Donna Anthony, M.D., Ph.D., as director and team lead of its neuropsychiatric program.

> Appalachian Regional Healthcare, a nonprofit health system in Kentucky and West Virginia, has selected Chip Dalton as chief revenue officer.

> Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, has tapped Michael Redding as associate vice president of marketing and communications.

> emtelligent, a developer of clinical-grade natural language processing software for healthcare organizations, has appointed Jennifer Canfield as executive vice president of sales.

> Komodo Health, a software company that delivers insights for patients, practitioners and health systems, recently appointed Julia Goebel as senior vice president of marketing. Komodo launched MapLab, the company’s latest technology platform, last week and named Brad Kelley as general manager of MapEnhance.

> HerMD, a provider of women’s healthcare services, has promoted Michael Krychman, M.D., from vice president of medical affairs and mental health services to chief medical officer.

> Kaleida Health, a nonprofit healthcare network in New York, has hired Hugh Chisholm as executive vice president and CFO, effective Oct. 18.

> Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, Iowa, has named Linn Block as the hospital’s newest CEO.

> PeaceHealth, a nonprofit Catholic health system in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, has given additional responsibilities to PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center Chief Administrative Officer Jason Hawkins, as he will assume the same position for PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center.